Running a bit behind

Posted in: Daily Life, Fooducation

This past weekend put me a little behind on the food prep thing which in turn has kind of made life a little harder. This weekend I ran one of those Hot Chocolate races and it wasn’t a good experience. I’ll put that in a separate post for the interested parties later. But that meant we weren’t home to do our Sunday morning grocery shopping. Well, in this case we did do it, just in another city. I guess that speaks to how hardcore we actually are about our shopping. But when we returned, I had a staff meeting at the gym which basically killed all kinds of food prepping when we returned. It was all kinds of horrible.

Right now I’m just running behind during a very busy week. I will never take for granted the need to meal prep again. I didn’t get a chance to finish the meal prep yesterday because I was at the gym later than normal. Yesterday, 4AM came too soon so I decided to sleep in and do some stuff around the house instead of sticking with the routine. I HAVE to get up on Tuesdays to teach my class, so I choose to be refreshed for this morning instead of working out yesterday morning. So that ended up messing me up too.

Hopefully today, I’ll get a chance to get things back on track. We’ve been assembling the meals on the fly which is still good but we wouldn’t be able to do that unless we have some stuff together. But this doesn’t always leave time to prep my snacks which is where I’m SERIOUSLY failing this week.

What are we eating this week?

Willie made some fancy cooking technique for this chicken. Whole chicken is a LOT cheaper than buying the chicken breast. He roasts it, breaks it down and we pull the skin off. It’s soo good. We’ll probably have that the entire week for dinner.

Seated #ahituna is what's for #lunch. What are u eating? #healthyeating #goodeats #fitfluential #fitfam #tiuteam

For lunch, I guess we’re eating a lot of fish. We grilled up some tuna steaks for lunch and I put it in a salad. It was really good. And last night we baked up some cod. I woke up yesterday morning to make a big pot of beans: black beans, white beans and kidney beans and I made a big pot of lentils.

I thought I would take the time AGAIN to share some things we always have in our house to help make a quick meal work:

Beans: black beans, white beans, kidney beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans
We use the GOYA low sodium beans when we have too. All the beans don’t come in low sodium varieties though. Beans are easy to keep on hand and really the only canned food I consistently eat.

Brown rice and quinoa.
I keep different varieties of rice around because it helps with a quick meal. I have the long grain rice that I slow cook, but if I’m in a hurry I also have the boil in the bag variety. Quinoa is always there for the extra protein punch but just like the brown rice, you need some time to cook it. When I know I’m going to have a busy week, I will cook a big pot of rice or quinoa and use that as a base for most take away meals. Rice/quinoa is easy because you can go meatless with it if you need to and just make a veggie rice dish.

Cucumbers, carrots, celery (or some type of dip-able veggie)
Cut them up and portion them out, pair it with your favorite dip and you have a low carb snack. My favorite combo? Carrots and peanut butter! But I love cucumbers and tzaziki.

Ziploc bags.
You have to have something to put all this stuff in perfect portions in.

Luna bars.
Because it’s a great pre-workout snack for me. It’s perfect. It’s low sugar and comes in some great flavors. It’s just easy and I need a grab and go solution.

Hard boiled eggs.
This is something new for us. Willie has moved off of the bars and has been doing hard boiled eggs instead. He makes them at the beginning of the week and takes them when he needs them. It’s actually a pretty perfect snack.

Lettuce.
Lettuce is BIG in our house because any meal can be turned into a salad to add volume. Feeling extra hungry? Add lettuce!

Tyson grilled chicken.
I a HUGE fan of this stuff because I can eat it and not feel really bad about it. It’s quick. I don’t do the lightly breaded products, but that’s just me. I am a huge fan of the diced grilled chicken breast and the pulled chicken. Willie really likes the pulled pork. This is a better option convenience food which we sometimes need, especially when busy!

What foods do you keep on hand every week?  We can all learn from each other.

Posted in: Daily Life, Foodie, Recipes

Every time I got on instagram someone was posting pictures of zucchini fritters.  I’ve never had a zucchini fritter in my life and I definitely didn’t know how to make them. I thought I would give it a go on my own terms but first I needed to know the basic of a fritter.

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So I made a traditional fritter without frying it. Apparently, a fritter is fried. I don’t do fried or oil! The traditional fritter has all purpose flour, butter, cheese and is fried in oil. Once again, I “pan fried” these with a simple cooking spray.

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And then I made my own version of the fritter. It’s a little different. I wanted a crispier fritter without the frying so I changed it up a bit. Willie told me I cooked them two long.  With my version of the fritter I “pan fried” half and baked the other half.  Willie preferred the ones in the pan, I liked the baked ones.  I guess it really depends on how much time you have to cook.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Fritters
 
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Recipe type: Snack/Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 pound zucchini and summer squash grated. (I used about 3 zucchini and 1 summer squash.)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup oat flour (I made my own in my ninja prep from oatmeal that was ground.)
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (not optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, if baking the fritters.
  2. Grate the zucchini and summer squash in a bowl.
  3. Add salt to zucchini and mix. Set aside for 10-15 mins.. This is very important for to drain the water from the veggies. Salt helps draw the moisture from the zucchini.
  4. Wring the zucchini out in a clean dish towel or press the zucchini in a sift to get the moisture out.
  5. Mix the flour and baking powder together.
  6. After the water is drained from the veggies, combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure everything is mixed well.
  7. Form flat patties of the mixture and you have one of two options: bake the fritters in the oven or cook in a pan.
  8. If going in the oven: put on a sprayed cookie sheet, cook on the bottom rack for 15 minutes, flip them over and cook 15 mins more.
  9. If cooking in the pan: use a cooking spray to coat the pan, put the fritters in the pan on medium heat and cook for 5 mins on each side.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy.

 
Like I said, I liked mine super crispy. My version of fritter came out less fluffy as the original fritter because I didn’t use all purpose flour. It really depends on your preference.

I hope you make this delicious fritter and make it your own. I ate my fritter with Oikos greek yogurt dip, the red bell pepper version. BTW: I love that stuff. It was on sale at the grocery store this week so I snapped it up. I’m glad I did!

Take pictures and show it to me.

Do you like zucchini? What would you dip your fritter in when eating it?

Posted in: Daily Life, Running, Working Out

Happy Friday everyone!  This has been the LONGEST short week of my life.  I’ve been finding it hard to push through this week so I’m definitely glad to have made it to Friday.  I wanted to share some of my highlights from the week.  Sadly, I don’t have many HIGHlights but there are a few.

First off, last Friday I went to wash clothes and something bad happened. This is totally not health and fitness related.

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This happened. The timer dial wasn’t engaging. I must tell you this is a hand me down washer but FREE is always the best kind. About a year ago, we broke the knob off the washing machine timer, but it was still usable so we didn’t worry about it. Last Friday, the use of the washing machine without the knob finally met it’s end. I was able to fix it to make it usable but I ordered the parts to make it work.

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All the parts came in yesterday so I decided to fix the washing machine. The only problem is the problem was bigger than I imagined. I probably should have checked that out the first time but I didn’t. It didn’t occur to me. In the end, I fixed the washing machine with my newly acquired parts and some duct tape. I was proud because I did it by myself. Well, I had to have Willie hold something in place while I taped it but I would have had it done before he got in the house if I didn’t have to go buy some tape.

I think I've gotten a zucchini and summer squash fritter recipe down! #instafood #foodstagram #healthyeating #fitfluential #imagreatist #veggies

I’ve also been trying to work on a zucchini and summer squash fritter. I see a lot of people are making them on the Internets; probably because they are SO in season right now. I wanted to try some different stuff. The first batch didn’t turn out the way I wanted but the second batch was on the MONEY! I’ll be sharing the recipe tomorrow on the blog.

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My Workouts this week:

Sunday: REST DAY! Is it sad I had to really ask myself if I did no working out on this day?

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Monday: 4 mile run and Beach Barre workout. It was a holiday, I was just glad to get something done.

This is how I started my day. I don't like it when Tuesday feels like Monday. #workout #fitfluential #fitfam #sweatpink
Tuesday: Taught my 5AM cycle class and did a HIIT workout in the afternoon. Tuesday kind of felt like a MONDAY in workout land but it must be done.  The HIIT workout kind of killed my legs.

#running was hard today. Definitely was lacking motivation to get a workout in the evening. On a positive note, this was my first pain free run in two weeks. And I wore my new @brooksrunning shoes. What motivated you to workout today? #fitfluential #sweat
Wednesday: Group Power (AM) and 5.6 mile run (PM). This was probably the hardest day of the week for me because I wasn’t feeling the run. I LOVE to run BUT I HATE when it’s my workout for the day. It puts too much pressure on the run. It was a struggle. I had to stop and go back home and start again later. I’m only human.

Thursday: Taught 5AM Group Ride. I was supposed to go to Centergy last night but I was too busy fixing the washing machine so I missed it. My legs were done anyway.

Friday: 3 mile run before 5AM Group Power. Yep, I ran before Power this morning and I definitely felt it during class. Notice there are no pictures here. I got lazy with the pictures the more tired I got this week! I’ve learned I have some muscle imbalances that may have caused my running ouchees.  That’s why I’m very serious about going back to Group Power because I think I need a little heavier weight for my variety of workouts.

Saturday: I’m running a 10K with my best friend and I’ll have to add 6-7 more miles on top of that. I’m really hoping to get those miles in before the race because it’s going to be super hot when the race actually starts. Who starts a 10K after a 5K? And most importantly, who starts a race at 8:15 am in September in TEXAS? That race should start at 6:45 or something. Just saying.

I hope the weather starts to cool down just a little.  I miss being outside.  I would do all my workouts outside if I could but right now, it’s just too hot.

What workouts did you do this week? Did you get your strength training in?

Posted in: Working Out

The truth is: I’m not fancy. People have asked me several times where I get my workout clothes, especially when I was plus size. I have to be honest. I get most of my workout clothes from Walmart.

Even though I work out A LOT, I can’t justify spending so much money on clothes that I’m going to sweat in. I would love to wear Lululemon clothes, but it’s just too expensive for me. So yes, most of my workout clothes came from Walmart and still come from Walmart. I’m a girl on a budget.

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At the start of every season, I hit up the Danksin section at Walmart and load up on the things I need. I’ve been wearing this stuff from day 1 of working out. Granted, now I know more than I knew back then but the stuff has help over for a long time! This was my favorite find at WalMart for winter. The pink turtle neck was good for working out outdoors, $12.

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What I love most is that there are sizes for everyone. So you get great quality stuff for a low price and there’s nothing wrong with that. People have sent in lots of e-mails about getting cute workout clothing because that makes them feel better when working out. I might be the wrong person to ask about this because cuteness is never really the deciding factor in my workout apparel but that doesn’t mean I don’t like cute workout clothes. I LOVE COLOR! The brighter the better.

Finally got a chance to talk to @runeatrepeat at the #waytowelltour @walgreens bus! So excited! #fitbloggin
Yep, that workout shirt was $4 at Walmart and I bought it in 4 different colors!

The most important thing I look for in workout clothing is dri-fit, moisture wicking material. PLEASE stay away from cotton. It will make you hot and when you sweat it will literally weigh you down. Yes the shirts or tanks come with cute sayings, but they may not always be conducive to a hard workout.

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I also buy a lot of clothes from Target at the C9 by Champion collection. But here comes that truth again, sometimes that stuff is too expensive for me to buy. I usually buy the stuff on the clearance rack.  Hello, I got my new shirt on the clearance rack at Academy. I got this skirt at Target from c9 on clearance for $5, normally it was a $24 skirt.

I spend my money on the things that are most important to me and that is shoes.  Workout/training/running shoes are key for me.  If you’re feet are messed up, then you can’t do much working out.  I didn’t know about this stuff when I started working out and I wore the wrong shoes for everything.  It left me with some serious foot issues.  There are different types of shoes for training, Crossfit, Zumba, running…invest in the shoes that will help you succeed in your workouts.  I promise it will be the best investment you’ll ever make for a weight loss/lifestyle change.

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Now I don’t mind spending money for a few pieces that I know I’m going to wear a lot.  I have a pair of Nike tights that I’ve been wearing for 2 years.  I paid $50 for them and it pained me to drop that much, but like I said, I’m still wearing them.

All I can say is you don’t need to spend a fortune on workout clothes to look good!  Shop within your budget and look good while working out.  This probably wasn’t the answer most people wanted to hear, but I’m really not fancy.

Where do you buy your workout clothes? How much are you willing to spend on workout clothes?

Posted in: Tips, Weight Loss, Working Out

I’m not expert but I had to figure a couple of things out on my own. (Always remember to consult your physician before starting a new diet and/or workout routine.) I wanted to share with you some of my personal rules for strength training. Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine will only make you stronger and better. Whatever goal you’re trying to reach, these workouts will help you get there. But first, it’s time for a little personal time.

Back at #groupPower this morning. Summer is over so it's time to change it up. Plus I wore my new workout shirt I found on the clearance rack! #weights #strengthtraining #fitfluential #sweatpink #fitfam #workout

This morning was the first day back into a new/old routine. I try to change my workouts up just a little so I don’t get bored. This morning was my first day “back” at Group Power (which is like Body Bump). I always said at the end of summer I would start to go back regularly and Labor Day has come and gone so it’s time. I also got to wear my new shirt that I got on CLEARANCE from Academy over the weekend!

Anyway, here are my dos and don’ts for strength training:

1. Do strength training 2-3/week! Early on in my journey I skipped my weight sessions in favor of cardio because cardio is the calorie burner. IMO, strength training is more important than cardio because that muscle helps burn all the flabulous fat!

2. Don’t do strength training on consecutive days. It’s important to have “no weight” days between workouts. Why? Because you need to give your muscles a chance to rebuild and repair. Otherwise, you’re just breaking your muscles every day.

3. Do squats.  Squats help with so much. Hip mobility, leg strength, core…etc.

4. Do use good form.  Form is a learned behavior, so if you’re doing it wrong from the start it’s going to be hard to correct behavior in the end.  If your form is lacking due to fatigue, take a break for a minute and continue on. Which leads my to my next point…

5. Don’t have too much pride or fear to ask questions.  Don’t know what you’re doing? Ask someone for help.  I was intimidated by strength training so I hopped in a Group Power class where someone told me what to do and watched my form.  That has been my primary source of strength training since the 3rd week of our weight loss journey. If you belong to a gym that offers group class, I’m sure there is a class like this on the schedule.  Do your research on the class schedule and just do it.

If you’re not a member of a gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do on your own to help with your overall strength.  Here are some links to some good stuff:

How often do you do strength training? What is your favorite type of strength training workout?

Posted in: Fooducation, Weight Loss

My favorite graduate school professor told me “knowledge is power but people don’t want to pay for that power.” Paying for information doesn’t necessarily mean a monetary exchange, sometimes is a time exchange too. Hearing that statement changed my world and continues to influence how I look at things now.

I want to preface this post by saying I don’t want to come across preachy or bossy or whatever adjective you will insert here. People have sent many e-mails asking me what exactly we ate and when. I’m not an expert. I can’t develop a plan for you. And even if I could develop a plan for you based off of what we did, it may not work for you.

People really want to know everything we did to get from this:

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to this.

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I’m sorry I didn’t have a magic answer for you. It was a trial and error process. Things weren’t always easy and we didn’t know a lot about stuff.

You know how we found out lots of our information? By asking questions and if we didn’t know who to ask the questions to, we searched the internet. Our weight loss journey was a lot of research. The greatest resource we had during our journey was the internet.

It’s amazing because you can find out pretty much whatever you need to know just by searching. If I had a question about how much protein I should be having in a day, I could search for it. Yes there is a lot of junk of out there but there are some credibly sources on most matters.

I’m no expert now. I’m not a certified personal training but I’ve been working on it. I’m not a dietitian or nutrition specialist either. It’s all about taking the simple knowledge out there and growing upon that knowledge. I ALWAYS suggest that you talk to your physician before starting a new diet and exercise program and that is always a source of finding out the information that you need.

But we have always lived by a simple rule:

Eat better foods and get moving!

How did we lose the weight? We stopped eating all those bad foods and started moving more. There are just some things that are bad for us and we just don’t eat them anymore. We stopped with fast fried food and started eating whole foods and a balanced diet. Plus eating on schedule and drinking more water. We started getting out and moving for 45 mins a day.

It’s just that simple! No magic diet. No magic workout plan. But it was a learning process. We learned the things we could eat and what we couldn’t. We learned about work outs and staying fit but we mostly did that through the internet, reading books and magazines, and most importantly asking REAL questions.

I was totally against paying for Weight Watchers for others but in hindsight, I don’t think it’s a bad thing because some people need that. We did not need that. Paying for these programs allows a person to gain support, tools and the knowledge to succeed. There is nothing wrong with that because knowledge is power and sometimes you have to pay for those things!

Losing weight takes time and patience.  But the time doesn’t start ticking away until you start the journey.  Every day you put it off is one more day that you’ll be behind on your goal of reaching the finish!

I am here for you to ask questions so please feel free to ask questions on the blog or send an e-mail.  If I get multiples of the same question, I will answer the question on the blog instead of individually.

Do you have a question about weight loss, healthy eating or getting active?

Posted in: Recipes

Happy Labor Day everyone! I’ve been hosting some friends this weekend so Sunday setup has come into Monday! I know you’re all dying to know what I’ve decided to make for lunch this week. I’ve decided on meatloaf. It’s important to get started on the meal prepping for the week right now if you haven’t. There’s still time for you!

So why meatloaf? I can make one big pan of it and it will last the entire week for the two of us. Willie doesn’t like the abundance of ground turkey/chicken that we have around the house, but it works for lunch. It’s easier. It makes a lot of food which is what I’m going for when I’m planning the meals in the house.

Quinoa Meatloaf

Quinoa Meatloaf
 
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A hearty lunch that will last all week!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • ½ cup cooked spinach
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp Mama Francesca's parmesan cheese and garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flake
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup ketchup (or any sauce of your choice)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for ketchup (or sauce of your choice) in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix everything together.
  3. Put in a greased loaf pan. I used a olive oil cooking spray and a 9x5 loaf pan.
  4. Spread the ketchup or sauce of your choosing over the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake uncovered for 50 mins hour.
  6. Take out of the oven and put the parmesan cheese on top and place back in the oven for 10 mins.
  7. Let cool 10 mins before serving.

This week I used the leftover sauce from last week instead of ketchup or bbq sauce. I prefer to use a homemade bbq sauce or a hoisin based sauce but this week I used what was left in the fridge. I’m thrifty!

Why is my meatloaf different?  I use quinoa instead of bread crumbs because quinoa is a superfood.  Okay, that’s not really why I use it but quinoa adds a little extra protein punch in the meatloaf and it’s a grain.  I think it helps keep the meatloaf moist and is a better binder than bread crumbs.

I also love that there are so many options with meatloaf.  You can add all the veggies you want.  Some people put carrots or bell peppers in their meatloaf.  You can change the theme of the meatloaf too from Mexican to Italian to Greek.  It’s really whatever you want.  Just as long as you have the basics the possibilities are endless!

Steamed broccoli with pepper and parmesan

On the side, we are having mashed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Nothing fancy but it’s some great food.

Do you like meatloaf?  Do you like a traditional meatloaf or do you like to mix it up?

Posted in: Foodie

It’s foodie pen pal day! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend. I’ve been hanging out with some friends and taking it easy. Summer is coming to an end and it supposed to be a weekend we spend outside doing outside things. But it’s raining here so we had to come up with other things to do…

Look what Missy made me do! It was a big task but it's done! #artsandcrafts #wreath #yarn #instacraft #crafty
We made wreathes. It was fun but a little time consuming. It turned out pretty good for a first attempt so maybe one day I’ll try to make another one.

Foodie pen pal August 2014

This month my foodie penpal was Savina! And I think she sent a pretty great box! I was excited for all the goodies.  I was pleasantly surprised with the goodies in the box.

I recieved a lot of goodies from a local market called Market District which included some balsamic glaze, a chocolate covered pretzel, cocoa chia granola, peperonata – sweet peppers, onions and garlic.  I also got some vanilla almond butter, a Good Greens yogurt bar and some oatmeal.  I’m excited to eat everything in the box! And it’s all a really healthy mix of things along with a little splurge or two. It’s so great!

The thing I’m most excited for in the box is the peperonata because I’ve never had it before.  I think I might try to work it into one my snacks this week.

You can join in on the fun too and you don’t have to be a blogger to enjoy.  If you’re interested in the foodie penpal program, read all about it on The Lean Green Bean!

What do you think the best thing I got from my foodie penpal?

 

Posted in: Product Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

This past weekend I visited my local Six:02 store at Memorial City Mall to buy some Reebok Skyscapes. I must start this off by telling you I knew nothing about Six:02 and I’m not a real big fan of Reebok. Spoiler alert: things have changed on that front.

Six:02 store Memorial City
My first impression of the store: this store is for women! I loved the modern feel of the store. Everything had a place and it was very organized. The store sells different brands from Asics to Reebok so there is a lot of variety there in brand but also a variety in clothing, acessories and shoes. I was pleasantly surprised. Cross training, running, dancing, yoga; this store had you covered on all fronts in all areas. The bad thing is there isn’t plus size clothing in the store, or at least I didn’t see it.  Three years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to purchase much out of the store.

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The store is really inviting and it’s a place you want to stay for a while. The decor was chic and the staff very friendly. I know I was here for the Reebok Skyscapes but I couldn’t help but want to look at everything in the store. The store really takes you in and it made me feel a little special when I walked through the doors.  It felt like a place an active woman would love to be.  But eventually, I got back to the shoes.

Six:02 store Memorial City
The shoes are really really great. As I mentioned before, I haven’t worn Reebok since I was a kid because everyone was wearing those velcro shoes. When this campaign came in my inbox I was a little skeptical but I thought I would give it a try. Once I tried the Skyscape Runaround, I was sold!

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“So lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on.” And that is the truth. When I tried the shoes on, it was like I was walking on clouds. How light are the shoes? Skyscapes are only 5 ounces! These shoes are super light and flexible. And the Skyscape Runarounds are MACHINE WASHABLE! That is always a plus because that means you can keep wearing them over and over again.

FYI: I loved how they had this station set up so you could try the shoes on without having to see what sizes they were available in and the variety of colors.  I have a large foot and I was worried they wouldn’t come in my size so I was glad to see this when I walked in the store.

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I decided on the grey pair because I thought that color was the most neutral. But the Skyscape Chase comes in different colors with a subtle design. I wanted something that I could wear everyday. The shoes are plain which kind of bothered me at first. As I’ve worn them throughout the week though, it doesn’t bother me. Even if it did, the sure comfort of the shoes would make that not matter to me at all.

I’ve been wearing the shoes since I got them and I love them.  I want to buy a pair for my mom who needs good shoes like this for everyday.  It’s a great every day shoe.  And don’t be surprised if you find yourself skipping in random parking lots because they are so light on your feet.

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The final verdict:
The shoes are great, reasonable priced at $64.99, and probably the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever put on my foot. I would buy another pair in another color and I think I’m going to have a buy a pair for my mom. I would visit the Six:02 store again for some fitness gear too!

Posted in: Weight Loss, Working Out

It’s no secret that I love Tone It Up workouts! I love these ladies because they have these kick butt workouts and provide a lot of stuff for free. Hello! These a great workouts you can watch on YouTube!
On the days I don’t feel like hitting the gym, I do their workouts. I purchased the DVD at the beginning of the summer and I love it. It was seriously the best $50 I spent because I have noticed a difference.

Missed my 5am workout this morning cause I was tired but I still HIIT it up with #tiuteam workout. #fitfluential #sweatpink #toneitup #ffcheckin #training #workout

I know you always see me posting the pictures and talking about beach barre, sunkissed abs or my hula booty.  I’m not that into myself to speak like that but I’m that serious about my workouts! On the days I don’t do Group Power, you will find me doing a beach barre workout which is basically a strength training workout. I LOVE IT! Here is a similar workout they have for their bikini series:

I do this videos because it gives me structure. I’m a person who needs a lot of that. I know the exercises to do on my own but this just helps.

So what is strength training?

Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.

And how does that help me?

  1. You’ll be stronger.
  2. Muscle helps burn fat.
  3. You’ll get tone and lean.
  4. Burn some serious calories with the after burn.
  5. Build stronger bones.
  6. Build a stronger core which will help exercise become easier!

The health benefits go on and on but this is why I like to strength train.  I’m not an expect or anything, but I think everyone should have strength training in the routine 2-3 times a week.  It’s the perfect compliment to cardio for better overall fitness.